February 13 – 14,2019Dubai

The Most Experiential
Tech Festival in the Middle East

Super Early Bird Ends In:

STEP Money

STEP Money brings together banks, payment gateways, processors, fintech startups, regulators and more to discuss the latest in financial technology, blockchain, digital currencies, payments, lending, and wealth management.

What We Cover

Blockchain

Discussing how banks and governments are adapting to blockchain, and debating the gradual advancement versus disruption of banking and government processes.

Digital Currencies

Debating the evolution of crypto-currencies, how they're developing, and where they're heading, and, how banks and regulators are dealing with its independence.

Cashless Payments

Discussing strategies for a cashless economy, gaining the trust of traditional businesses and selling them cashless technologies.

Banking & Wealth Management

Talking about neobanks, and challenger banks. How financial planning technologies are meeting the consumer's needs, and how are banks reacting to consumers' undependability on them.

 

STEP Money Speakers

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Adnan
Haider

Regal RA DMCC

Adnan
Haider

Regal RA DMCC

Adnan has worked globally in investment banking, management consulting, and finance, managed capital markets trading desks, set up entrepreneurial ventures and is well established in the crypto banking space. He has worked at Barclays Capital, ADCB, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen and has an MBA from London Business School, MAcc from University of Waterloo, and is a qualified CPA and CA.

Shezan
Amiji

Digital Wallet

Shezan
Amiji

Digital Wallet

A serial entrepreneur that has founded, managed and exited three businesses over the last 13 years. During the course of his entrepreneurial career has invested close to $7 million of proprietary capital and raised $28 million of external financing against which he has created nearly $100 million of value. Advanced industry domain expertise across: • Digital media and advertising; • FinTech (Digital & mobile payments, crypto-currency/blockchain, credit scoring/data analytics and demand generation); • Retail (Omnichannel and e-commerce).

Sirish
Kumar

Telr

Sirish
Kumar

Telr

The CEO and Co-founder of Telr, an international e-payment solution that enables merchants to accept payments from local and international buyers, in multiple countries and in multiple currencies, with one simple integration. Prior to co-founding Telr in 2014, Sirish was the CFO for PayPal in ASEAN and India, where he led the growth strategy, geographic expansion, financial planning and analytics, acquisitions and new ventures. He also has been an angel investor and has led social entrepreneurship initiatives in Singapore and the Philippines. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Sirish has an MBA in General Management from INSEAD.

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal

Second Generation FinTech Entrepreneur. Tech Investor. Advisor. Mentor. Gaurav Dhar is the Manager of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal Equipment. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 13 years now, handling the day to day business, delivering solutions, building long-term partnerships and payment ecosystems. He personally leads the charge on innovation, with a view to the future of payments both locally and globally via his network and clients around the world which include VC's, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups. Marshal Equipment has clients in over 18 countries, with all of its IP developed in-house, based out of Dubai for the last 37 years. The company looks to cater to, foster and work with FinTech solution innovators locally and globally. Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/GauravDhar13

Marta
Piekarska

Hyperledger

Marta
Piekarska

Hyperledger

The Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta obtained her BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a double Master from Computer Science and Informatics at Technical University of Berlin and Warsaw University of Technology. Marta received PhD in User-Informed Design of Privacy Tools while working at one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley - Blockstream. Marta also taught at Technical University of Berlin as a Post-doc. As part of her role in Hyperledger Marta evangelizes the technology and Open Source at conferences around the world and helps enterprises with applying permissioned Blockchains to their use-cases. Marta is passionate about how Blockchain can help in non traditional spaces, such as identity, last mile aid and education delivery and sustainability. She leads the public speaking and outreach at Hyperledger, has given numerous interviews, both written and in visual media. Marta also formed the W3C Blockchain community Group and is a valued member of the technical advisory to ID2020, DIF and participated in Rebooting Web of Trust on regular basis.

Padmini
Gupta

GO RISE

Padmini
Gupta

GO RISE

The Co-founder and CEO of rise, a platform which democratizes access to essential financial services for millions of migrants globally. Prior to starting rise, she was an award winning Banker from California and World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow. She holds an MBA from Oxford.

Ola
Doudin

BitOasis

Ola
Doudin

BitOasis

A tech entrepreneur based in Dubai, UAE with successful track record in growing and raising funding for tech startups. Previously she worked at Aramex Corporate Ventures, Ernst & Young and supporting tech entrepreneurs locally and regionally. She’s a holder of BEng(Hons) Electronic & Communication Engineering degree from University of Birmingham (UK).

Zac
Cheah

Pundi X Labs

Zac
Cheah

Pundi X Labs

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pundi X, responsible for the company vision and overall strategy as well as for directing communications with key partners. He also focuses on the technical roll out of hardware and services with global partners from the Blockchain, Point-of-Sale, and Financial industries. Prior to Pundi X, Zac was instrumental in the successful roll out of Pundi-Pundi, a QR-based App which is now the leading offline payment application in Indonesia. Previously, Zac was W3C Chair for the HTML5 Interest Group. W3C is the international body that sets the web standards everyone uses to go online. During his time with W3C, Zac was also Chair of the HTML5 Chinese group of more than 700 engineers. Zac received an M.Sc Computing scholarship from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and an M.Sc Security scholarship from Norway's NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

Danny
Jabbour

Sarwa.co

Danny
Jabbour

Sarwa.co

I began my career with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management where I achieved my NASDAQ Series 7 and Series 66. I then made the switch to UBS AG where I partnered with one of the top Private Wealth Teams in Washington, D.C. I made the jump to Sarwa after understanding that Fintech and passively automated investing is the future. Sarwa and my commitment to you is to offer an affordable investment solution without sacrificing expert advice.

Samer
Obeidat

Investifai

Samer
Obeidat

Investifai

A global entrepreneur, innovator, and an investor who believes in creating shared value and impactful entrepreneurship. He has over 10 years of experience as a Financial Markets Expert, FinTech Professional, Business Consultant, Scientific Researcher, Executive and an Outstanding Leader. Samer’s professional career bridged many geographies and cultures including the Middle East, North Africa, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, and Europe. During the last decade, he has been involved in the investment of over $1 billion in the precious metals markets in the EMEA region. Currently, Obeidat is leading an artificial intelligence-driven asset management firm, called Investifai, and working with a team of data and machine learning scientists, quantitative analysts, and portfolio management practitioners to transform traditional asset management in the US and MENA region.

STEP Money Ecosystem Partners